At Hodge Hill Girls’ School we believe that every pupil is entitled to follow a broad and balanced curriculum which will meet their future needs in education, training and employment. Our curriculum is designed to prepare pupils for their future roles as employees, parents/carers and responsible members of their local community.
To ensure all pupils receive this entitlement the requirements of the National Curriculum are met. However, our curriculum extends to ensure that pupils are stimulated in their learning and supported in the achievement of the highest possible standards. By the age of 16 we expect all our leavers will have developed confidence in their own ability, pride in their achievements and those of others, and a love of learning which will continue throughout their lives.
Years 7 and 8
Pupils will study English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Design Technology, Art, Music (in either Year 7, Year 8 or Year 9), Physical Education, Geography, History, Religious Studies, PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship), Drama and at least one Modern Foreign Language. Pupils will also take part in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Projects, where they will gain practical teamwork, leadership and study skills.
At this stage of their education pupils will study the same subjects as in Year 8, with the addition of Citizenship as a discrete subject.
Many pupils will start their GCSEs early in English, Mathematics, Science and other subjects. During the Spring Term Year 9 pupils will consider their GCSE options. They will be supported carefully in this process, through curriculum evenings, subject presentations, parental guidance and interviews with pastoral and senior staff.
At the end of the academic year pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will sit examinations in all subjects and reports will be sent home to show progress they have made that year.
Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11
This is the next phase of this exciting learning journey. Pupils follow a core curriculum leading to appropriate qualifications in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (separate subjects or a combined qualification) and Religious Studies. Everyone will also study compulsory non-examined subjects like Computing, Physical Education and PSHCE and be given Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).
We offer a wide choice of optional GCSE courses including Art Craft and Design, Business Studies, Citizenship, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, Graphics, Health and Social Care, History, Food and Nutrition, Music, Photography, Sport Science, Spanish, Textiles and Urdu. Pupils in Year 10 will have one hour enrichment lesson aimed at developing additional skills, interests and meeting the needs of the whole pupil. Pupils will choose from courses such as Arts Award, First Aid, Music Lessons and Sports Leadership. Some vocational placements are taken up each year in negotiation with parents and the Pastoral Manager. These pupils may go on college placements for Hairdressing or Child Care.
(Reviewed September 2018)